Bad Taxidermy - What To Do?
I have been extreemly sad and angry this past week after receiving my much aniticipated trophies from SA. My hunt was in June of 2011 in the Limpopo Region and was both good and bad. The good news is the hunt was successful for the most part. Through all the troubles during the hunt I managed to harvest the animals I wanted. The bad news during the hunt is that it wasn't managed in a professional manner. My wife was supposed to have an outing to Vic Falls, but the arrangements were never made. This left her sitting at the camp, ignored by both me and the staff, for ten days. I paid for a one on one hunt and ended up with a two on one hunt. The staff only responded to my and the other hunters needs when the outfitter was in the camp. Other than that they were on their own program. We were subject to thier internal arguements the entire time I was there. Arguements between the PH and the Trackers, trackers and trackers, other staff and PH etc... The only happy animal in the camp was a couple of stray cats. However, even through all this I managed to keep a positive outlook and at the end of the day, I was successful. I decided to let my frustration go and just not book any more hunts with this outfitter in the future. BTW this was my second hunt with him. The first hunt went as one would expect so I had no reason to believe the second hunt would be any different. Then came the Taxidermy. The same outfitter owns his own taxidermy business so I decided to use him for my mounts. My mounts arrived on Monday and with much excitement and anticipation, I opened the crate. Inside I found some of the worse taxidermy I have ever seen. My Impala looked like it got in a knife fight and lost. Holes in the ears, around the eyes and on the body, Kudu looks like Kojack, hardly a hair left on it. Warhog is equally as bald and the skin is loose from the form. These are just a few examples, waterbuck, gemsbok, hartebeast, etc are equally as bad. After spending 25K for the hunt/taxidermy/shipping/tipping/etc.. I have very little to show. I haven't mentioned the outfitter, yet, because I want to give him the opprotunity to make it right. The problem is I don't know what he can do to make it right. I am looking for suggestions on how to handle this.